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A huge welcome from all our trustees to our site for SASW Trust. Depending on who you are and how you ended up reading this, here's three sections that should help you find what you're after. Enjoy browsing!
Go to Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Enter our Charity Supporters & Volunteers section to find our news of our local work and the various ways to support, pray and join in.

Go to Schools Information, Bookings & Video Resources

Schools Information, Bookings & Video Resources

Enter our Schools Information, Bookings and Video Resources section for school staff to discover what we have to offer local primary and secondary schools.

Go to “Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

“Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

If you’re a young person who connects with our work (or would like to) through local Safe Spaces in schools, then select here to enter our dedicated youth site: safes.uk

New: Connect Kids Project for local church groups

If you are involved in a local church in Southport and want to enable the children connected with that church the chance to take the theme’s from our primary school assemblies a little deeper in terms of faith content and discipleship, check out our new Connect Kids video project:
www.saswtrust.com/connectkids

About

We are a Scripture Union Local Mission Partner working in partnership with the Pais Movement, and set up in 1999 by churches and Christians in Southport and Formby, who wanted to serve their local schools.

For two decades, the majority of schools across Southport, Formby and surrounding areas have benefitted through assemblies, lessons, presentations and extra-curricular clubs and activities. These have been delivered by our employed schools worker, a team of local church volunteers, a Pais Project team of gap year apprentices, and most recently a part time sports ministry leader.

Our aim is to see this work continue, grow and develop through working in partnership with local schools and local churches, in order to see that great impact across Southport in the years to come, which is very much in our hearts and prayers.
“Light, Faith and Mission with an Emerging Generation”

- David Taberner, Schools Worker

Our Aims:
+ To contribute to the educational, moral and spiritual development of young people by working in partnership with teachers, youth leaders and other schools workers.
+ To work alongside teachers and their students to help develop an understanding of God’s presence and purpose in their lives.
+ To be a friend and resource to schools and colleges, Christian teachers and students.
+ To empower and equip young people to be a strong positive Christian influence in there schools.

In doing so the Trust will be:
+ Interdenominational
+ Representative of the churches in Southport & Formby.

What we do in schools:

Primary Schools

We are connected with most of the primary schools in Southport, Formby and the surrounding areas.
We will often go into schools and present an assembly covering a variety of topics such as Bullying, Getting on and falling out, Achieving Goals. This is usually done in a fun way using drama, music and other creative means.
We run a series of clubs, either at lunch time or after school, called the Awesome Club, where we teach ‘awesome skills’ based on the fruits of the Spirit found in Galations 5:22.
Our ‘Good Show’ project calls on a large group of volunteers and offers 3 presentations to the schools each year, one each term.
• A pantomime style dramatic presentation looking at the real meaning of Christmas
• A large-scale Easter presentation in the style of Mission Impossible, for which SASWTrust is renowned for.
• A presentation called Moving On for year sixes moving into high school.

Secondary Schools

As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith.
We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement.
We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects.
At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc.
Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education.
Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further.

OUR TEAM

We have a dynamic & active team, with a broad range of skills, coupled with a community of very generous volunteers.

David ”Tabz” Taberner

Schools Worker
David Taberner works full time for us and is also particularly involved in the Southport Methodist Circuit as a preacher as well as other churches and inter- church projects, such as Street Pastors, Christians Against Poverty, Sonfest and Southport Prayer. He’s been rather well educated in civil engineering and project management, but through a growing passion for young people and the Kingdom, he found a calling to our ministry five years ago. He also leads our local youth leaders’ forum, is a semi-pro musician, goes more casually by the name “Tabz”, and has a slightly characteristic hairstyle! (His wife is a lot cooler though!)

Hettie Taberner

“Good Sport” Coach and Programme Co-ordinator
Hettie Taberner is Tabz’s wife and moved to Southport in May 2017 taking up our post as pioneer of our Good Secondary Schools As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith. We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement. We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects. At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc. Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education. Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further. Sport Ministry. She is originally from Burnley, where she was a Kids Pastor for a large church alongside her Children In Need funded youth work job managing young volunteers on one of the 10 most deprived areas of the UK. Hettie is a qualified football coach, has played for two women’s teams, is a great singer, 83% extravert, and still manages to be way cooler than Tabz!

The Volunteers

Being incredible!
We couldn’t do what we do without an amazing bunch of people who volunteer upfront and behind the scenes to make the work of our charity so effective. Our vision is huge and needs to see the whole Church equipped to stretch across their communities to see this come to fruition.

Recent highlights from the team on social media:

• YEC 2021 •. Tabz is looking forward to Saturday: the Youth Evangelism Conference has always been a great opportunity for anyone who connects with young people of a non-faith background and is interested in leading them closer to knowing Jesus. Especially great thinking about how we can do that in our current age and culture. This year is online and includes some great speakers and youth organisations who alleyways love to learn from. £10 if anyone wants to book online & join Tabz:www.theyec.ukAND YOU GET A REALLY COOL PACK DELIVERED TO YOUR HOUSE = WIN ... See MoreSee Less

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Want some inspiration for your 'acts of kindness' based Lent ideas?This week we've been running a 'Real Love Challenge' over on Instagram and Youtube for local young people, challenging them to show love in different ways throughout the week - with the most elaborate and creative ideas earning the chance to win some vouchers. You can watch a playlist of all our videos so far, including a very fitting feature from our previous Schools Worker, Ian Sarginson:youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhHCIgXNQpmX5E4ikBvL9Tw1wTZhLLjV-The whole idea is part of a national Real Love campaign launched last weekend at FireFest (a movement of Christian holiness birthed right here in Southport from SummerFire!) To find out more check out www.reallovestory.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

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Starting on Valentines Day 2021 and continuing on for 5 days, we are challenging local teenagers to show real love in the world, reminding people that they are not alone and making the world around you a better place. The five themes to our challenges are: Generosity, Encouragement, Gratitude, Compassion and Togetherness. There's loads of reasons why we believe this is proper important. One of them is from a verse in the Christian Bible that says "we love because God first loved us". We want to pass on real love and make a real difference in other people's lives.Oh, and... the young person who wins our judges vote gets £30 of Amazon Vouchers AND a £30 Southport Gift Card to spend in local independent businesses.Young people can enter what they’ve been up to for our judges, head to: love.safesp.ukReal Love is a national campaign taking very different shapes in towns and cities across the UK. It is a movement grounded in the verse in the Christian Bible "We love because God first loved us" - 1 John 4:19To find out more, check out: www.reallovestory.co.uk or have a look through some of our other videos on our channel. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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News for primary schools - here's our most recently mailing out to schools with some of what we've been working on at the moment. If you know any teachers or any parents wanting to jazz up their home-schooling, why not pass it on?! - mailchi.mp/b82a88879bf2/valentines-day-assembly-online-mission-impossible ... See MoreSee Less

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Great to see so much being done by the Church working together in Southport! Check out this great example of church unity in action that reaches out to the needs of our local schools ☺️ ... See MoreSee Less

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